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The practical application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is becoming increasingly common. A growing number of SEAs are being undertaken around the world, and several countries have issued guidance on how these should be carried out. However, few countries as yet have formal SEA regulations, and few completed SEAs have demonstrated all the elements of current best practice. The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment aims to provide a unique analysis of SEAs which have been undertaken, drawing ...
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Overview

The practical application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is becoming increasingly common. A growing number of SEAs are being undertaken around the world, and several countries have issued guidance on how these should be carried out. However, few countries as yet have formal SEA regulations, and few completed SEAs have demonstrated all the elements of current best practice. The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment aims to provide a unique analysis of SEAs which have been undertaken, drawing on a variety of methods and circumstances to illustrate how best practice can be achieved, and providing inspiration for those considering studying, commission or carrying out an SEA.

Part I sets the rest of the book in context, giving a review of international SEA guidance and regulations, and discussing models and methodologies. Part II then analyses a comprehensive set of case studies from countries which have extensive experience in SEA, or which provide particularly good examples. The case studies are discussed in three sections ? sectoral SEAs, SEAs of land-use plans and SEAs of policies ? and provide examples of different scales and approaches, as well as country-specific experience. The final chapter draws out some constraints to effective SEA, as well as positive themes which show how effective SEA can contribute to wider environmental assessment.

Written by an international team of SEA practitioners and experts, this volume will be of particular use to students of environmental policy and management, environmental consultants, local authorities, policy-makers and anyone involved in the commissioning, process or review of SEAs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134176212
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Riki Therivel is a sustainability consultant with Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Planning. She is the co-author of The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment (Earthscan 1996), Strategic Environmental Assessment (Earthscan 1992) and several other books on environmental impact assessment.

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Table of Contents

Author Information
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms
List of Illustrations

Part I: Background

Introduction - Riki Thérivel and Maria Rosário Partidário
Definitions
Interest groups in SEA Need for SEA
Limitations of SEA
SEA in PPP Decision-Making
Framework for, and Overview of, the Case Studies

SEA Regulations and Guidelines Worldwide - Maria Rosário Partidário
Introduction
Evolving Approaches
Most Significant Contributions to SEA Regulations and Guidelines
Conclusions

SEA Methodology in Practice- Riki Thérivel
Setting Objectives and Targets
Identifying Alternative PPPs
Describing the PPP
Scoping
Establishing Environmental Indicators
Describing the Baseline Environment
Predicting Impacts
Evaluating Impacts and Comparing Alternatives
Mitigation
Monitoring
Conclusions

Part II: Sectoral SEAs

SEA of Wind Farms in the Soest District (and Other German SEAs - Volker Kleinschmidt and Dieter Wagner
Introduction
Background
Methodological Starting Point
Characteristics of Wind Power Installations
Results and Conclusions
Other SEA Research and Pilot Projects in Germany
Conclusions and Prospects

SEA of an Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Programme, US - J Warren Webb and Lorene L Sigal
Introduction
Institutional Framework
The NEPA Process
Methodology
Evidence of Current and Future Effectiveness of SEA
The Influence of SEA on Decision-Making
SEA Constraints and Opportunities

SEA of the Trans-European Transport Networks - Ann Dom
The Development of the Trans-European Transport Networks: Integrating Environmental Concerns
SEA of the European High Speed Rail Network
Alternatives and Scenarios Considered
SEA Methodology
Baseline Data
Main Findings of the SEA
Dissemination of Results, Public Consultation and the SEAs Role in Decision-Making
Further Development and Recommendations

SEA of the Dutch Ten-Year Programme on Waste Management - Rob Verheem
Introduction
Institutional Framework and SEA Procedure
Methodology Used in the SEA
Discussion

SEA of the Bara Forest Management Plan, Nepal - Ram Khadka, John McEachern, Olavi Rautianen, and Uttam S Shrestha
Introduction
The Proposed Operational Forest Management Plan
The Reasons for Undertaking an SEA
Baseline Information
Predicted Impacts and their Significance
Summary of the Analysis
Mitigation and Protection Measures
Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Alternatives and Recommendations

Part III: Seas of Comprehensive/Area-based Plans

SEA of Hertfordshire County Council's Structure Plan - John Rumble and Riki Thérivel
Introduction
UK Government Guidance Regarding SEA
Background and Scoping
The Plan Vision, Aims and Objectives
The Formal Environmental Appraisal
Issues in Environmental Appraisal

SEA Integration with Municipal Comprehensive Land-Use Planning in Sweden - Eva Asplund and Tuija Hilding-Rydevik
Introduction
The Actions
SEA and Planing Legislation in Sweden
The Domain of SEA, or Who is the Decision-Maker?
Early Integration is the Key to the Full Potential of SEA
Alternatives are the Keys to Relevance for Decision-Makers
Analysis of Impacts and Comparing Alternatives
The Drafts Plans and SEA Reports Reflect the Procedure
The Results of the Integrated SEA and Comprehensive Land-Use Planning Process
Creating Change Through Dialogue
Conclusions

SEA of the San Joaquin County General Plan 2010, California, US - Amy Skewes-Cox
Introduction
The General Plan
California Environmental Quality Act
Selection Process for EIR Authors
Impact Assessment as Related to Planning: 'Did the Cart Come Before the Horse?'
Major Impact Issues
Alternatives
Results and Effectiveness of EIR
Conclusions

Part IV: SEAs of Policies

SEA and the Structural Funds - Kevin Bradley
Introduction
Structural Funds and Environmental Profiles
The SEA Process for Structural Funds
SEA of the Irish National Plan
Conclusions

SEA: A Case Study of Follow-up to Canadian Crop Insurance - Ian Campbell
What is crop Insurance?
Legislative Situation: Why Was an Environmental Assessment Done?
Framework Used for Policy Assessment
Purpose and Methodology
Results
Recommendations
Impact of the Assessment
Lessons Learned

Part V: Conclusions

Learning for SEA Practice - Maria Rosário Partidário and Riki Thérivel
Key Issues in SEA Practice
Costs and Benefits of SEA
Future Directions for SEA in Practice
Conclusion

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